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Land grab in Oromia and displacement of Oromo People in Ethiopia

Aug 8, 2012

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Ethiopians contemplate a nation without Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

By Matthew D. LaPlante | August 8, 2012

Burhan Ozbilici/AP – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi inspects a Turkish military guard of honor in Ankara in this photo from 2007.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Washington Post) — When the summer rains come, as they have in cleansing torrents over recent weeks, the 3 million residents of Ethiopia’s smog-choked capital usually inhale a little more deeply and exhale a little more freely.

But at this moment it seems the entire city is holding its breath. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the rebel-turned-technocrat who has led Ethiopia since 1991, is sick. And his long absence from public view has given Ethiopians cause to contemplate what their nation — now enjoying one of the longest sustained periods of economic development in its history — might look like without him.

“We are worried,” said Makeda Taye, who will enter college in Addis Ababa this fall having known life under no other leader. “This country has grown stronger and it’s not certain — did it grow this way because of Meles or in spite of him? In absence of knowing one way or the other, we prefer things the way they are.” Read more…

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